Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Dermatologic

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(salicylic acid)

Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Dermatologic
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Salex
(salicylic acid)

Keralac
(urea)

Treats skin disorders. Salex (Salicylic Acid) treats a variety of skin conditions, but shouldn’t be used by children or people with kidney or liver problems.Treats skin disorders. Keralac (Urea) treats a variety of skin conditions, but shouldn’t be used by children.
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Side effects
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How it works
Salicylic AcidUrea
Salex (Salicylic Acid) is a topical medication that breaks up excessive keratin in skin disorders, including verrucae, keratosis, and psoriasis.Keralac (Urea) softens thickened areas of the skin by gently loosening the horny layer of skin and causing scaly skin to shed.
Type of medication
Salicylic AcidUrea
Prescription or OTC
Prescription or OTC
Available as
Salicylic AcidUrea
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Gel
  • Liquid
  • Shampoo
  • Patch
  • Plaster
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Foam
  • Topical
  • Pads
Used for
Salicylic AcidUrea
    Risk factors for serious side effects
    Salicylic AcidUrea
    • Children 18 years or younger
    • Children recovering from viral infections
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      Pregnancy

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Kidneys and liver
      Salicylic AcidUrea
      • People with kidney or liver damage need to be monitored closely for signs of salicylate toxicity (nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, fatigue) while using Salex (Salicylic Acid).
      • In people who have kidney or liver problems, the area of skin to be treated should be limited and will need to be monitored closely for signs of salicylate toxicity: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, ringing in the ears, lethargy, fast breathing, diarrhea, and mental disturbances.
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      Pain
      Salicylic AcidUrea
      • When pain medications are needed, don't use aspirin. Try using NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen instead.
      No pain related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      Salicylic AcidUrea
      • Comes as a cream, a lotion, and as a shampoo.
      • Can be used to treat psoriasis on the body, scalp, palms, and soles.
      • Applied to the skin at night and washed off in the morning.
      • Comes as a kit that includes lotion to treat skin dryness casued by Salex (Salicylic Acid).
      • Keralac (Urea) is useful for treating hyperkeratotic (thickened) skin conditions such as dry, rough skin, skin cracks and fissures, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, keratoses, and calluses.
      • Side effects normally disappear after you stop using Keralac (Urea).
      Downsides and risks
      Salicylic AcidUrea
      • Children under 12 years of age shouldn't use Salex (Salicylic Acid).
      • People with kidney or liver damage need to be monitored closely for signs of salicylate toxicity (nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, fatigue) while using Salex (Salicylic Acid).
      • Using Salex (Salicylic Acid) too often or over larger areas of skin than necessary can cause toxic levels.
      • Keralac (Urea) can cause skin stinging, burning, itching, or irritation.
      • Can't be used by children.
      • Pregnant women need to talk with their doctors before using Keralac (Urea).
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      Salicylic AcidUrea
      • Don't cover the the treated area with tight bandages, fitted clothing, or apply other other ointments on top of it.
      • Applying more than prescribed won't treat your symptoms faster, but it could expose your body to toxic salicylate levels.
      • Don't use oral aspirin and other salicylate medications (like sports injury creams) while using Salex (Salicylic Acid).
      • When pain medications are needed, don't use aspirin. Try using NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen instead.
      • Stop using this product if your skin condition gets worse or if a rash develops.
      • Don't let it get in your eyes, on your lips, or on your nose.
      • Apply Keralac (Urea) to the affected areas of skin twice a day.
      • Rub it in until it's completely absorbed.
      • Wash your hands well each time after applying it.
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